Digestive Disease Interventions 2018; 02(02): 101-105
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1657860
Review Article
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Percutaneous Image-Guided Biopsy of the Spleen

Sharjeel H. Sabir
1   Department of Interventional Radiology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Alda L. Tam
1   Department of Interventional Radiology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
› Author Affiliations
Funding Dr. Tam reports grants from AngioDynamics, grants from Guerbet, other from Galil Medical, other from Merit Medical, other from AbbVie, from null, outside the submitted work. Dr. Sabir reports nonfinancial support from Boston Scientific, Terumo, Neuwave, and Merit Medical, outside the submitted work.
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Publication History

06 February 2018

20 April 2018

Publication Date:
11 June 2018 (online)


Percutaneous spleen biopsy has a small but important role in the diagnostic approach to splenic lesions. Nonetheless, there remain concerns about the safety of the procedure, limiting its use despite evidence that splenic biopsy performed with optimum technique has comparable diagnostic yield and safety as other solid organ biopsies. To assure appropriate use of percutaneous image-guided spleen biopsy, we discuss the rationale, technique, and outcomes of the procedure.

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